Tove Stang Dahl Memorial Lecture 2018: "Legal strategies to materialize a women-friendly road-map for social justice in Nordic welfare states"

The Tove Stang Dahl memorial lecture 2018 will be given by Professor Åsa Gunnarsson, Umeå University.


15.15 - 16.00   Lecture

16.15 - 17.15   Discussion

17.15 -             Tapas and refreshments


Nordic countries have been on the top of the World Economic Forum Gap Indexes for many years. The five variations of Nordic welfare state models have long been defined as women-friendly. From my socio-legal legal and economic-historical studies on the welfare state principle of social justice in Swedish tax and social security/welfare law, I have tried to define laws impact on the social and economic status of women, but also the challenges.

In the spirit of Tove Stang Dahl, law has been analysed from the triangular relation of exchanging paid work, transfers and unpaid care work between state, market and household. This approach also represents an everyday life perspective regarding women’s living condition in the “real world” in relation to law.

By applying an everyday life perspective on law, discriminatory practices and structural discrimination of women as a result of gendered/sex-based oppression can be targeted. Some of the best practises of legal strategies to why women in the Nordic welfare state models fare best will be presented, such as the introduction of individual income taxation and a comprehensive legal framework for social security.

Åsa Gunnarsson

Gunnarsson serves as professor of taxation law and jurisprudence at Umeå University. She is currently Coordinator for the Horizon2020 project Revisioning the ‘Fiscal EU’: Fair, Sustainable, and Coordinated Tax and Social Policies (FairTax). She is also leading a Wallenberg funded project on Rethinking tax neutrality - a multiple gender critique of fiscal structures and processes, which is based on an international network of feminist tax scholars. She has written extensively on tax policy and the law, tax fairness, the tax/benefit interface, gender equality and taxation, social citizenship and gender equality law.

Tove Stang Dahl

Tove Stang Dahl (9 November 1938 – 11 February 1993) was a Norwegian legal scholar, criminologist, Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo from 1988 until her death, and a pioneer of feminist jurisprudence.

She graduated with the cand.jur. degree in 1965 and was employed at the Faculty of Law directly upon graduation. In 1978, Tove Stang Dahl obtained the dr.juris degree. In 1988 she was appointed by the King-in-Council as Professor of Law. Dahl received an honorary doctorate at the University of Copenhagen in 1986 and several other accolades. 

Tove Stang Dahl played a central role in the establishment of the organization Legal counseling for women and the Centre for Women's Studies (Avdeling for kvinnerett, Institutt for offentlig rett) at the University of Oslo, and she was a member of the city council of Oslo 1967–71.

The Tove Stang Dahl memorial lecture is hosted yearly in honour of Tove Stang Dahl. The event is hosted by the VERDI research group and the Institute of Women's Law, Child Law, Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law (KVIBALD). Both are based at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law.

Publisert 2. mai 2018 15:54 - Sist endret 21. aug. 2018 14:49